The Galapagos Islands are located about a thousand kilometers west of the continental coasts of Ecuador and constitute one of the 24 provinces that make up this South American country.
In the marine reserve of the islands, a Chinese flag ship, the "Fu yuan yu leng 999", with 300 tons of protected species, one of the largest caught so far in the area, stopped. About twenty crew members were traveling on the ship, who are already at the disposal of the competent authorities. The boat stopped 34.5 nautical miles (63.9 kilometers) east of the island of San Cristóbal, the easternmost of the archipelago, according to the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, dependent on the Ministry of the Environment.
In the first inspection carried out by personnel of the Galapagos National Park, the Navy, the Police and the Prosecutor's Office of the island of San Cristóbal, various species of marine fauna were found, while the fishing record of the vessel contains approximately 300 tons, although its provenance has not yet been identified.
Made up of thirteen large islands, six minor ones and 42 islets, the Ecuadorian archipelago of Las Galápagos contains a unique fauna and flora in the world, both terrestrial and marine, and is the habitat of the giant tortoises from which it owes its name.
Due to its rich biodiversity, it is considered a natural laboratory that allowed the English scientist Charles Darwin to develop his theory on the evolution and natural selection of species.
The Galapagos Islands were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.
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